From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
January 2010 Issue

Back Cover

What is it?

Our photographers have been busy exploring the intricacies of the Missouri outdoors. See if you can guess this month’s natural wonder. The answer is revealed below.


On the back cover and right is a bison at Prairie State Park in Barton County by Noppadol Paothong. A small herd of about 100 bison live at the park. The bison were reintroduced but are considered a wild herd that freely grazes across the park. They reproduce naturally, and calves are born in May and June. Prairie State Park is Missouri’s largest remaining tallgrass prairie landscape. To learn more about tallgrass prairies in Missouri, visit the links listed below.

Also in this issue

Hickory Canyons Natural Area is not far from Pickle Springs in Ste. Genevieve Co

Three Gems

Amidon, Pickle Springs and Hickory Canyons are this photographer’s top picks of southeast Missouri.

Jeff Kitchen teaches his son the basics of setting a trap. To be successful at t

First Year Fur Trapper

Lessons learned and earned in the field.

Annual Report Fiscal Year 2008–2009

This summary of the Annual Report highlights the Missouri Department of Conservation’s accomplishments and expenditures from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009. These accomplishments are based on the nine goals established in The Next Generation of Conservation.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Writer/Editor - Tom Cwynar
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler